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Faith, Family, Farming: Latinx Activation In The Shenandoah Valley

How far have we fallen from each other? When is the last time you REALLY stopped to meet a stranger? This documentary examines the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in regard to the New Latinx Diaspora, which has seen sudden increases of Latinx individuals in rural areas of the United States. While many documentaries delve into the backstory of how people immigrate, this film looks into the what comes after and how the American dream can be a lie. The film follows two young adult women as they depict their experiences, while later multiple agencies are spoken to about the work they do to make lives better. This film is about people, and how we can activate and foster a sense of community rather than division.

  • Tyler Hinkle
  • Tyler Hinkle
  • Tyler Hinkle
  • Alondra Ortega
    Key Cast
  • Cindy Perez
    Key Cast
  • Sandra Suarez
    Key Cast
  • Maggie McCampbell Lien
    Key Cast
  • Elly Mazariegos
    Key Cast
  • Angela Manteniez
    Key Cast
  • Leah Hackman
    Key Cast
  • Julio Argueta
    Key Cast
  • Lucia Canizarez Gomez
    Key Cast
  • Nelly Moreno Shenk
    Key Cast
  • Emily Rieflin
    Key Cast
  • Tristan Meadows
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Memoir
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Tyler Hinkle

Born and raised in Shenandoah County, with over 10 generations of ancestors living in the Shenandoah Valley. After completing a Bachelors in History, Latin American Studies, and a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning this past May, started as the County Planner for Shenandoah County.

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Director Statement

This film came from my thesis for the Distinguished Majors Program in Latin American Studies at the University of Virginia. It, in tandem with an analytical report are to serve as the jumping off points for beginning discussions that will help build a tomorrow that works for everyone. This is the first film project I have released.